Now Available: T-Mobile starts to directly sell the Nokia Lumia 521 for just $149.99
The wait is over: you can now order up a brand new Nokia Lumia 521 direct from T-Mobile. The cost of the device is of course exceptionally low, coming in at just $29 down payment and just $5 a month for your two-year…errr…non-contract with T-Mobile. Feeling lavish? Then you can just buy the phone outright for a mere $150, which last we checked is damn low for a brand new smartphone in 2013.
The Lumia 521 from Nokia is a custom variant of the Lumia 520, comes in white and sports a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4” LCD display, 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear shooter. While you give up things like NFC, wireless charging, a front-facing camera and the ability to play a handful of games, you do get a solid smartphone running Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s excellent navigation software and app selection.
Nokia told us that devices like the Lumia 505 (South America) and the Lumia 520 are selling exceptionally well and we’ve seen the Lumia 521 sell out on HSN and Walmart in their exclusive pre-sale deal,, which evidently ends today. Will the trend continue? We think so.
And yes, our Lumia 521 is due today or tomorrow, so if you want a quick video tour of the device, stay tuned. In the meantime, who’s picking one up?
Source: T-Mobile; Thanks, corepc, for the tip!
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Looking foward to WPCentral Review of this phone.
Wonder if that's the camera's fault or there's another feature that everybody is missing.
They really need to add that feature though. The windows logo or the the flash should alert you to notifications like the iphone. It really is a great feature.
"I lost it at the party"
"My kid used it like a hammer"
"I can't get new apps or play games on my WP 7.x"
Walter1832: [reasons to replace phone] "I can't get new apps or play games on my WP 7.x"
If your reason is this, you can get an even better phone by using the exuse to get an early upgrade.
150 requires a plan
Here is t-Mobile SIM Unlock Rules
Battery capacity: 1430 mAh Li-Ion
Usage time: 7.5 hours
Standby time: 12.5 days
not sure if T-Mobile will price match Walmart's price, but Best Buy may.
I will wait for the review before purchasing, however.
PSA: Walmart offers a 2 year warrenty for a pretty reasonable $15. Also, does the phone come with anything extra from T-Mobile to justify the extra $20 over Walmarts price?
Awesome good looking phone with quality build!
But it is carrier locked and no front face camera.
Great Daylight pictures
Great sound. I was playing music and it could be heard across the room with no problem.
Very good price(especially considering T Mobile's new pricing strategy)
good battery life
easy connectivity to my computer(Windows 7) through USB cord(included in box).
Lock screen takes several tries before getting out of the way.
I don't like the way email is displayed.
I kept having problems with having to reenter passwords for email accounts.
lack of good apps: Would have liked a good stock quote app(like CNBC)no local news apps at all for a major city(Atlanta), No American Express, No Yahoo Mail(yeah I know that it can be configured in the Email section, But it didn't look or work great),
Sharing Photos should be easier
I realize that these are minor cons, but I guess that I am used to my Android.
Funny thing--the only thing that I did not test my phone for was.......being a phone. To make calls I would have had to switch my Premium Android plan to one of the new ones. I was not ready tto loose my unlimited data unless I was sure. I still may go back to the 521. I will give it a weeks or 2 and see what happens. Also waiting to see what the 925 sells for.